Montevideo Carrasco Airport Passenger Reviews and Traveller Reports
MONTEVIDEO CARRASCO AIRPORT customer review : 10 January 2013 by Enrique Simeone (Belgium)|
Rating : 10/10
Spacious, clean, well located, well serviced, bright naturally illuminated airport. Large halls, with folk articles
shops, and chemist, money exchange bureau, and wrapping baggage service. A breeze! Fine areas for check
in and spotless lavatories. Once checked in, fast track to security and immigrations available. Smiley faces all
over the airport. Excellent Duty free shop! Very good VIP lounge.
MONTEVIDEO CARRASCO AIRPORT customer review : 25 April 2012 by Antonio Ricarte (Kenya)|
Rating : 9/10
Landing in Carrasco is a nice experience if the plane approaches the tarmac overflying the nice beaches and
architecture. Immigration did not take more than a few minutes, and luggage was efficiently delivered - it is
necessary to go through a duty-free in order to reach the hall where the conveyors are placed. After customs,
the main lobby is very illuminated with natural light and spotlessly clean. Taxis are abundant and
comfortable, and the airport is located about 30 minutes from downtown. However, some of the car-hiring
companies are not located in the terminal, but there is an efficient shuttle service to their offices.
MONTEVIDEO CARRASCO AIRPORT customer review : 29 February 2012 by Enrique Simeone (Belgium)|
Rating : 8/10
Brilliant new terminal. Clean, easy access very near city centre, excellent transport services to and from
airport. Good parking lot. Forget all remote doors, that is part of the past! Eating, drinking and shopping -
before customs and security - are good and not too expensive. Tax frees shop better on arrival than
departure. Both arrivals and departures are a breeze, longer queues, during the big holiday periods.
Montevideo Carrasco Airport customer review : 12 August 2010 by John Harding
Customer Rating : 5/5
This airport is new, breathtakingly beautiful, spotless clean, and efficient. Eatery
selection is a bit limited, but I was in the business class lounge so there was no suffering.
Montevideo Carrasco Airport customer review : 17 May 2010 by B Namsil
Customer Rating : 5/5
Very attractive architecture, spacious, clean, lots of light. Smooth check-in, security
control and immigration. Interesting concept of Duty Free shops in between immigration and
luggage area (arrivals) and between immigration and gates (departures). Try the small coffee
shop next to Gate 8 with an outdoor terrace!
MONTEVIDEO AIRPORT review : 21 April
2010 : by Enrique Simeone
Customer Rating : 4/5
I have used the new terminal at Carrasco International Airport form about 5
times now. The remote doors are something of the past, which is a great asset.
It is a breeze to go through passport control, good shopping at arrivals.
Spacious, clean and handy because still not too far from the city center.
MONTEVIDEO AIRPORT review : 17 March
2010 : by Chris Beck
Customer Rating : 4/5
I was in the new terminal in Montevideo going to Buenos Aires. The new airport is brilliant
with three levels. The lower level is the arrivals level, the main level is the departure
level and the upper level is a observation deck with airside views. All three levels are
connected by escalators. The building has a soaring roof, which enhances the spaciousness of
the facility. Check in (PLUNA) was handled quickly. After check in, you pay the airport tax
and then proceed through security, which was done by Air force personnel who were quite
thorough and also polite. After security, you go through a large duty Free aerea and into the
waiting section. There is a full service restaurant on this floor (no fast food court) and the
entire area looks out over the aircraft apron. It is a spectacular new airport and much nicer
than Ezeiza (Buenos Aires) and many of the other airports I've been through.
MONTEVIDEO AIRPORT review : 30 April 2008 : by S Koenig
Customer Rating : 3/5
Relatively small, clean, functional airport, about a 20 minute drive from downtown without traffic.
Arrived early for an 8am flight, Aerolineas Arentinas staff just arriving. You need to find on your
own where to pay the airport departure tax. Nearly $30 for most international fights, but since I
was going through the Buenos Aires domestic airport, tax was under $20. Only place I found to get
something to eat was at a very small snack counter near the departure gate.
Montevideo Carrasco Airport by Enrique Simeone
29 January 2006 Customer Rating : n/a
I have used Carrasco International Airport for over 35 years now,
namely 6 to 8 times a year, and I have to say that despite the 40's
outside look, the mixed 80's and 90's departure area and check-in zone.
It is a comfy little airport. It has 2 main runways, capable of a full
loaded 747's take off. It is a 20 minute ride into town. There are only
9 gates in all, 8 of them remote. There are very little eating
facilities. Only one newsagent, a chemist shop, a post office, a tourist
info office, an official bank branch, some money exchange bureaus , a
few shops and the usual car rentals. Immigration and customs are slow
but smily. Can be chaotic, confusing and messy, during the holiday
period. The duty free shop is brilliant, I think the cheapest in SA.
Although not a great selection. Few airline's lounges, which are good.
They are planning a larger terminal not too far form the existing one,
in the not too distant future. All in all, I have seen better and I 've
seen a lot worse!
Montevideo Carrasco Airport by Dale Hancock
27 January 2006
Arrival at MVD was without incident. The TAM Fokker 100 parked away
from the jetways & passengers were bussed to immigration. The line at
immigration was effectively zero (Thursday about 10AM). Immediately
after immigration & prior to picking up the luggage all hand baggage is
x-rayed & the customs forms collected. As baggage is delivered to the
terminal it is x-rayed before going onto the carousel for passenger
pickup. Once the luggage was collected exiting was through another,
essentially non-existent, customs station with everyone simply being
waived through the “nothing to declare” line. Once exiting this area we
exchanged a few hundred dollars at a 21.599 rate (the rate at the hotel
was 22.14 and at currency exchange counters in the city about a peso
more). Taxi fare into town (the Sheraton) was calculated based on a
reading of the meter and a separate chart & came to $495 or about $23US.
The cab did not have traditional cab markings on the outside. The ride
took about 25 minutes. From the time of landing until sitting in the
hotel room took less than an hour. On the return trip the cab rate was
slightly less - $500 allowed a decent tip to the driver & all were
happy. We arrived at the airport about 2 hours before flight time and
had to wait about 10 minutes for TAM to open their counters. Once they
opened, check-in was quick this time (see report under SCL). From there
down the hall (to the right of the check-in counters, continue to the
right of passport control & next to the pharmacy) to pay the $26US
departure tax (they readily accept USD) then through the passport
control line where a lady scans the tax receipts stuck to the boarding
cards, on to passport control and then on to the gate. Total time from
leaving the TAM counter to sitting at the gate was about 10 minutes.
There are only 9 gates at MVD. There is a restaurant before going
through passport control but we did not stop. There were several tables
& few if any customers – it’s between the airline counters & the
pharmacy. If you need to eat at the airport stop here first. Once
beyond passport control there is only a [very] small café (Vanila) that
appears to have only the very basics. We recommend you eat before
arriving at the airport. Duty free seemed expensive (JW Blue for
$173US) – but it’s extremely rare when we believe we’ve found a good
deal at any duty free shop. Overall MVD is a fine airport to visit.
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